Every picture on this website, with no exception, is taken from one place - our Dartmouth office garden

For those of you that don’t already know..........every single snap on this website is taken from one place -

our garden in Above Town, Dartmouth, Devon, England

Wedneday 28th February 2024 - 2.30pm

A lot of weather to report. Plus a few firsts of the year.

And some construction Of course.

There's should be enough here to interest, do look inside both the January and February albums.

TVFTDO is a unique record of life in, on, around and above the wonderful river Dart.

See all of last years albums here.

You can also take a look at The Pick of TVFTDO.


Well done for getting this far. You now have a choice. Continue on below looking at the previous updates or heading inside to look at  ALL the February photos. For every one here on the front page there are ten more inside. January pix here.


15 December 2023 - 01:01:27

Reflecting on the stillest of still nights at Darthaven.

One of those pictures which you think you can turn upside down and it will look the same. Still though the river is, upside down doesn't work.

05 February 2024 - 14:05:10

How to build an extension. Hire a crane to lift and then stack big matchsticks...........

10 February 2024 - 13:49:14

.........and just five days later your 'little' extension takes shape.

As extensions go, it's larger than a lot of houses.

06 January 2024 - 18:25:48

The giddy sight of a National Police Air Service aircraft circling Brixham in the hunt for a missing person.

They averaged one rotation a minute…..for two hours. The good news….the search, which involved a number of organisations was successful.

05 January 2024 - 14:29:00

Trinity House vessel Galatea spent a couple of hours servicing the West Rock Cardinal buoy.

The mark normally lies just out of view to us behind the Kingswear headland.

08 January 2024 - 09:13:27

But unusual winds and tides brought the West Rock Cardinal buoy into view for a few days.

10 February 2024 - 07:57:13

Cloud farms are fairly new idea. But we don't want them if they are going to breed sun eating monsters like this.

12 February 2024 - 09:13:29

Finally......not a cloud in the sky.

14 February 2024 - 16:56:37

And then, just two days later - not a sky in the cloud.

12 February 2024 - 14:44:49

There has been only one Lower Ferry barge working this month. And it found itself abandoned, all alone on the Dartmouth slip.

12 February 2024 - 14:44:41

But only for a few minutes as tugs Hauley IV and Hauley VI executed a neat changeover.

12 February 2024 - 10:08:25

And speaking of ferries, passing Dartmouth by, some miles out to sea of the Isle of Wight ferries, the MV Red Eagle.

In its way to Falmouth probably for annual maintenance, the Red Eagle is a Raptor class . Which sounds vaguely frightening.

24 January 2024 - 12:23:03

If you were startled by this beast flying low up the river you'll want to know that it was an RAF Airbus A440M Atlas C1 freighter. Caught here disappearing over Paignton way. I was upstairs without a camera as it flew past and only just snapped it before it disappeared from sight.

10 February 2024 - 10:57:04

The all important first railway trip of the season.

Bit of a shame that loco Goliath came in backwards.

05 December 2023 - 14:57:43

Class 37 diesel locos 37703 and 6975 arriving together at Kingswear.

Not being a train buff I can't fully explain the significance. Has the railway company acquired another Class 37?

11 January 2024 - 12:13:38

It used to be.......and one to hold the ladder. Now it's one to drive the Manitou.

Dartmouth's Lower Ferry slipway gets some plank replacement therapy.

01 January 2024 - 12:02:42

Some people had nothing better to do on New Years Day than amuse a few hundred onlookers.

And likely freeze some important body parts.

24 January 2024 - 18:36:40

This looked way better at the time. A crowd of cyclists were pedaling along the Hoodown path from Bridge Road

This is a timelapse exposure of 32 seconds. Had I been quicker it might have looked more impressive.

11 February 2024 - 07:47:38

Heavy rains bring debris galore downriver. And a buoy in front of the TVFTDO office snags a log.

Of course, it's not like we have had heavy rain recently. Eh?

06 February 2024 - 11:07:53

There is so much building work going on borjh sides of the river. This digger at the top of Kingswear is moving an entrance driveway.

What will fill the space created ? For that, you might have to watch THIS space.

26 February 2024 - 11:26:31

Warfleet and Half Tide rock would normally be considered a particularly sheltered spot inside Dartmouth's sheltered harbour.

That changes when the wind comes in from the North East. White horses in Warfleet Creek, whatever next?

26 February 2024 - 22:26:48

Twelve hours later it was all change as the moon lit up the water and Half Tide Rock at the bottom right sits serene in calm waters.

22 February 2024 - 12:42:02

That guy could plead all he wanted. Possession is nine tenths of the law, and the man in the makeshift cuddy was not for moving.

27 February 2024 - 13:48:31

Houses used to be built with bricks and mortar and a bit of wood.

Nowadays steel girders are getting to be the norm.

Well, it is in Kengswear.

27 February 2024 - 11:54:58

And here's a wider view of over Hoodown way.

It's like a combination of Lego and Meccano.

26 February 2024 - 10:21:30

My first sightig of two Lower Ferries working this month.

Back from repairs.

27 February 2024 - 14:46:38

With two good heads of steam loco Goliath (5239) leads Lydham Manor (7827) out of Kingswear past Britannia Halt and up the incline towards Noss.

24 February 2024 - 16:03:26

For nearly a week Torbay anchorage has been filling up with craft either awaiting orders or preparing to shelter from the expected winds. Among them was this pairing - the Maersk Handler, an 80 metre offshore upply vessel which is towing Castoro 10, a 140m pipe burying vessel, it did the infamous Nord Stream 2 pipeline. These two spent days going round in circles rather than anchoring. And then finally they came past the end of the river..........

24 February 2024 - 16:41:20

...........and forty minutes later went back again.

27 February 2024 - 08:16:26

Remember the tree that fell down last year over by Inverdart ? Well it's still hanging in there, literally.

It doesn't look that much different to the day it toppled. See below.

13 June 2023 - 14:13:39

Just a few hours after the collapse last June.

16 February 2024 - 09:11:27

Well, Dartmouth is a naval town, so this shouldn't be a surprise to see some BRNC folk going about armed.

But from the look of it, that's more a Webley air rifle than an SA80 assault weapon.

15 February 2024 - 09:46:38

Groundworks for the Noss-on-Dart hotel are well under way.

This pile driver from Sheppard Piling arrived at the end of January and is gradualliy moving across the site

Looks like it's going to be screwing the hotel to the ground.

25 February 2024 - 09:57:12

Not the worse weather, but unusual to see a possible surfable wave spanning almost the entire width of the river.

16 February 2024 - 12:22:25

Just a few minutes earlier this RAF Embraer Phenom T1 jet  (ZM335) had been preceded by another (ZM334).

Sadly it was the first one that came down river really low.  And, of course, I wasn't ready.

There is a pic to be seen (inside the February album, just click the pic) just not as close as this one.

If you're wondering, they're used for multi engine pilot training.

21 February 2024 - 16:46:40

This buoy has been marking a spot at the end of the south embankment, close to the Lower Ferry slip.

It's full marking says 'North Cape'. And that's my sum knowledge.

22 February 2024 - 18:50:08

Strange lighting effect as the moon on night picked out just one roof to reflect back to us in Above Town.

19 February 2024 - 17:46:09

There's been some great sunrises since the start of the year.

And, for balance, the odd decent sunset.

27 February 2024 - 15:35:19

First buzzard sighting of the year. Which made me look up their migration habits.

Put simply, they don't - they are year round residents.

So resist all temptation to ask if they pay their council tax.